High Line Reflection 1

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Walking down the High Line in NY City for the first time in 2013, I came upon a piece of artwork which was composed of reflective glass and steel sheets, placed against the wall of a 2-3 story storage (?) facility. I am a photorealist painter and use my camera to capture scenes. I zoomed in on the glass and was blown away by all the surrounding buildings reflected on the glass, especially the turquoise colored one. This was the beginning of my Architectural Reflection Series of paintings. I painted 3 more from this venue and have added additional paintings from NY City, Chicago, Vancouver, Boston, etc.,. When ever I visit a city, I look for glass buildings. Old structures reflected on all glass buildings are the best.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

December 08, 2021

Steven Fleit’s High Line Reflection 1 is a photorealistic painting that captures the intersection of old and new. Beautifully painted in acrylic, the reflections of an old, red-bricked, industrial building and new glass condo merge on the surface of a public artwork on the High Line in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Once home to many art galleries and working-class industry, Chelsea has now become a mass of homogenous over-priced condos and a few mega-galleries that can still afford the astronomical rents. The High Line itself has been a controversial addition to the neighborhood. While some see the High Line as a worthwhile artistic venture that recycles a defunct subway line into 1.5 miles of welcome greenery, others view it as an invasive fiction which further distances Chelsea from its origins. A park is not a straight line of heavily manicured verdure overrun with tourists, but a meandering space, like Central Park, where one can get lost all day and which actively subverts and opposes urban sprawl instead of existing within it.

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Steven Fleit
Painting - Unframed
Acrylic, Canvas
40.00 inches wide
30.00 inches tall
1.00 inches deep
12.00 lbs
Rowley, MA, US